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Rehoming Process

The Homing Process

So you've decided you'd like to adopt a greyhound.............what next?  First things first, email us at clarksfarm@btinternet.com to get the ball rolling...

1 Reading

This is really important.  If you haven't done so already we suggest doing some reading up on what you need to know about rehoming a greyhound.  A great book to read is Retired Greyhounds: A guide to care and understanding by Carol Baby which is available on Amazon.  We often refer to this as 'the bible' as it gives potential owners a great insight into what it is like to have a retired racing greyhound in the home! 

In addition to this we have leaflets and further information in the office that you are welcome to or if you have any questions you can just give us a bell and we will be happy to answer them!


3 Choosing A Greyhound

It is very important to choose the right greyhound, the team at Clarks Farm have a very good idea about the temperament and nature of all the dogs so you should be guided by their advice on the most appropriate greyhound for your circumstances. When you visit the kennels, you will have the opportunity to spend some time with several greyhounds and take them out for a walk to find the one that bonds with you. It's important not to be too hasty in making your mind up and possibly be prepared to visit the kennels on a few occasions until the right greyhound comes in, particularly if you have specific requirements, as in a weeks' time you might not be so thrilled with your new dog if you really wanted a small, quiet, older dog but instead came home with a large, boisterous 18 month old dog!

If you already have another dog bring it to the kennels with you and let them choose your new greyhound as it will be most important that they get on with the newcomer!

If you live a distance away from Clarks Farm you may prefer to have the home check carried out prior to visiting the kennels, as this will save you making a return trip to collect your new greyhound. However, if you live nearby, you may like to choose your greyhound before having your home check completed.

Whatever you decide give us a call and have a chat!

Don't forget all our greyhounds are neutered, inoculated, micro-chipped come with lead, collar and muzzle!

5 Taking Your Greyhound Home

The day you take your greyhound home is very exciting and overwhelming but we are here to support you every step of the way.  Once you've chosen your greyhound it is not as simple as taking it home the same day!  We don't want anyone rushing into taking a dog home without having a proper think about it! 

We will ask you to go home, have a think and a family discussion to ensure you have made the right decision and to prepare for your new arrival before booking an adoption date.  

Although if your chosen hound is not neutered yet you won't be able to take your hound home until a minimum of 7 days post neutering to ensure they are healing well from their surgery.  Once your hound is neutered and ready to go you can arrange a date to adopt them.

On the day you will be provided a collar, lead and muzzle set as well as a copy of all the important paperwork such as their vaccination card etc.  If you need anything else such as coats or food to get you started, these can be bought seperately here at Clarks Farm on the day.

7 Follow Up

At any time post adoption, you can contact us to answer any questions you may have. Often a quick phone call or email can answer your query but if you have a more detailed behavioural problem we can support you over the phone or with a visit if required.

Additionally we have a closed facebook group called 'Clarks Farm Greyhound Owner Group' which you can share pictures and stories of your adopted hound and also ask questions.  You will have the infinite wisdom of all our owners as well as the Clarks Farm staff and some of the racing trainers to help you.  We love to see how the dogs are doing once they've been adopted so please consider joining...if only to post happy greyhound photos!

2 Homecheck

*Please note home checks are being carried out virtually due to the Covid restrictions.  For more information please email clarksfarm@btineternet.com*

Before you can adopt a greyhound a home check needs to be undertaken. It's nothing too personal but is part of our responsibilities as a re-homing centre to make sure that our dogs are going to safe, appropriate environments.

A home check usually takes around an hour and we like to see all members of the family if possible.  We will give advice on securing the garden, where the dog should sleep and further advice if required. Our home checkers have a lot of experience of greyhounds and can sometimes spot something you may not have considered. The only hard rules we have on re-homing dogs are that you must be over 18 years old, not be banned from keeping animals and if appropriate have permission from your landlord.

Other areas we consider are access to a garden, children, other pets and how long the dog will be regularly left alone - We will consider most circumstances on their individual merit.  However, if you just gave birth to triplets a week ago or live on the 21st floor of a tower block, then we may suggest that a greyhound is not for you at the moment.

4 Reserving A Greyhound

Once you have fallen in love with a greyhound you can put a Provisional Reservation on it.  This is a verbal agreement, no deposit needed, in which the dog cannot be viewed by any other prospective adopters for 7 days.  This period is important to ensure that you have time to think, discuss as a family and be sure you have made the right decision and prepare for taking your dog home.

Once the 7 days has ended, if you have not contacted us to finalise the Reservation the dog will then be available to be viewed by other adopters.  If you do finalise the Reservation the reserve will be held in place until adoption day.  

At any point during this period you can cancel the reservation but please notify us as soon as possible should this be your decision so that a dog does not miss out on it's forever home.

During the reservation period you can visit to walk your dog as often as you like, by appointment only, to build up the trust and your relationship.  This will make the transition into the home much smoother and is very beneficial to the dog.

6 Donations

We suggest a minimum donation of £190 for each adoption to help towards our costs to care for the greyhounds at Clarks Farm.  It costs an average of well over £500 to re-home a greyhound. This consists of neutering, parasite treatment, kennelling, muzzle, collar & lead and microchip transfer with Petlog. All of your donation will go towards re-homing another greyhound.

Reading

This is really important.  If you haven't done so already we suggest doing some reading up on what you need to know about rehoming a greyhound.  A great book to read is Retired Greyhounds: A guide to care and understanding by Carol Baby which is available on Amazon.  We often refer to this as 'the bible' as it gives potential owners a great insight into what it is like to have a retired racing greyhound in the home! 

In addition to this we have leaflets and further information in the office that you are welcome to or if you have any questions you can just give us a bell and we will be happy to answer them!


Homecheck

*Please note home checks are being carried out virtually due to the Covid restrictions.  For more information please email clarksfarm@btineternet.com*

Before you can adopt a greyhound a home check needs to be undertaken. It's nothing too personal but is part of our responsibilities as a re-homing centre to make sure that our dogs are going to safe, appropriate environments.

A home check usually takes around an hour and we like to see all members of the family if possible.  We will give advice on securing the garden, where the dog should sleep and further advice if required. Our home checkers have a lot of experience of greyhounds and can sometimes spot something you may not have considered. The only hard rules we have on re-homing dogs are that you must be over 18 years old, not be banned from keeping animals and if appropriate have permission from your landlord.

Other areas we consider are access to a garden, children, other pets and how long the dog will be regularly left alone - We will consider most circumstances on their individual merit.  However, if you just gave birth to triplets a week ago or live on the 21st floor of a tower block, then we may suggest that a greyhound is not for you at the moment.

Choosing A Greyhound

It is very important to choose the right greyhound, the team at Clarks Farm have a very good idea about the temperament and nature of all the dogs so you should be guided by their advice on the most appropriate greyhound for your circumstances. When you visit the kennels, you will have the opportunity to spend some time with several greyhounds and take them out for a walk to find the one that bonds with you. It's important not to be too hasty in making your mind up and possibly be prepared to visit the kennels on a few occasions until the right greyhound comes in, particularly if you have specific requirements, as in a weeks' time you might not be so thrilled with your new dog if you really wanted a small, quiet, older dog but instead came home with a large, boisterous 18 month old dog!

If you already have another dog bring it to the kennels with you and let them choose your new greyhound as it will be most important that they get on with the newcomer!

If you live a distance away from Clarks Farm you may prefer to have the home check carried out prior to visiting the kennels, as this will save you making a return trip to collect your new greyhound. However, if you live nearby, you may like to choose your greyhound before having your home check completed.

Whatever you decide give us a call and have a chat!

Don't forget all our greyhounds are neutered, inoculated, micro-chipped come with lead, collar and muzzle!

Reserving A Greyhound

Once you have fallen in love with a greyhound you can put a Provisional Reservation on it.  This is a verbal agreement, no deposit needed, in which the dog cannot be viewed by any other prospective adopters for 7 days.  This period is important to ensure that you have time to think, discuss as a family and be sure you have made the right decision and prepare for taking your dog home.

Once the 7 days has ended, if you have not contacted us to finalise the Reservation the dog will then be available to be viewed by other adopters.  If you do finalise the Reservation the reserve will be held in place until adoption day.  

At any point during this period you can cancel the reservation but please notify us as soon as possible should this be your decision so that a dog does not miss out on it's forever home.

During the reservation period you can visit to walk your dog as often as you like, by appointment only, to build up the trust and your relationship.  This will make the transition into the home much smoother and is very beneficial to the dog.

Taking Your Greyhound Home

The day you take your greyhound home is very exciting and overwhelming but we are here to support you every step of the way.  Once you've chosen your greyhound it is not as simple as taking it home the same day!  We don't want anyone rushing into taking a dog home without having a proper think about it! 

We will ask you to go home, have a think and a family discussion to ensure you have made the right decision and to prepare for your new arrival before booking an adoption date.  

Although if your chosen hound is not neutered yet you won't be able to take your hound home until a minimum of 7 days post neutering to ensure they are healing well from their surgery.  Once your hound is neutered and ready to go you can arrange a date to adopt them.

On the day you will be provided a collar, lead and muzzle set as well as a copy of all the important paperwork such as their vaccination card etc.  If you need anything else such as coats or food to get you started, these can be bought seperately here at Clarks Farm on the day.

Donations

We suggest a minimum donation of £190 for each adoption to help towards our costs to care for the greyhounds at Clarks Farm.  It costs an average of well over £500 to re-home a greyhound. This consists of neutering, parasite treatment, kennelling, muzzle, collar & lead and microchip transfer with Petlog. All of your donation will go towards re-homing another greyhound.

Follow Up

At any time post adoption, you can contact us to answer any questions you may have. Often a quick phone call or email can answer your query but if you have a more detailed behavioural problem we can support you over the phone or with a visit if required.

Additionally we have a closed facebook group called 'Clarks Farm Greyhound Owner Group' which you can share pictures and stories of your adopted hound and also ask questions.  You will have the infinite wisdom of all our owners as well as the Clarks Farm staff and some of the racing trainers to help you.  We love to see how the dogs are doing once they've been adopted so please consider joining...if only to post happy greyhound photos!

If it doesn't work out

Unfortunately, there are occasions where a homing doesn't work out for some reason or your circumstances change. If this happens the greyhound should be returned to us at Clarks Farm.